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A CHRISTMAS PRAYER Lord of all tenderness, during this forthcoming Advent and Christmas holy season we pray in thanksgiving for family and friends – may we never take them for granted. We pray for all for whom Christmas brings little joy but added worry: comfort them and gift them with your peace. Give courage to all who suffer oppression, and make plain the way of help and grant to all of us to spread the spirit of your son, whose birthday we keep, through acts of kindness and words of goodwill, this day and forever more. Amen.
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PAINTING THE CHURCH RAILINGS
Back in 2015 the decision was made that it was time that the church gates and railings were repainted as it had been very many years since that they had last been done and it was clear from just looking at them that they need repainting. However, it was easier said than done as it would necessitate a lot of work rubbing down the old paint and then repainting all four sides of each spoke of the gates and railings.
A group of members from St Barnabas congregation has been sponsoring Josue Delgado, a 12 year old boy in Ecuador, since 2011 under the Compassion Sponsorship Scheme which its Child Sponsorship Programme offers educational opportunities, including literacy and life skills training; health care and health education; and, if needed, supplemental nutrition. Children are also given opportunities to hear and respond to the gospel. It helps the neediest children in a community, regardless of their faith. However, the parents of children are made aware that Compassion is a Christian organisation.
Nigel Bennett made a start in July 2015, assisted by Ellen Martin and Sally Bramdaw, with the job of scraping down the drive gates and, after some very hard and laborious work, the two gates to the church driveway were repainted black again. Work on the main section of the railings did not really get under way until the better weather returned this year and volunteers had time to spare. Then, in August and September Sally Bramdaw really got the bug as she wanted to get the job done and the railings looking nice again. Aided by Ellen Martin and some others, but mainly herself, she diligently scraped down on an almost daily basis and repainted each of the individual spokes whilst the weather held good. She was encouraged by the many good comments she received each day by those who passed by along the road. Finally, just before Harvest Festival, she finished the last of the railings along the front. They now look magnificent. Well done, Sally! There is still the pedestrian gate and the railings along the north and south sides of the Memorial Garden to be done but those will now have to await better weather in the New Year. There is money available for paint. All that is needed is one or two more volunteers! - 2 -
Here is a translation of Josue's latest letter dated 16th September 2016 and received on 9th November 2016:I’m happy and grateful with God and you for sponsoring me and for your last letter. I want to tell you that I attended a swimming course on my holidays and it was fun. Mum took me to Manabi province on the coast to visit my uncle. After that we went to enjoy the beach with my cousins. I had a nice holiday. I am doing well in school. I am learning many more things. I attend the Compassion Programme on Thursday and Friday afternoons because I go to school in the mornings. In my spare time I play ball with my friends in the neighbourhood. Please send me a photo of you. I say goodbye. May Almighty God continue blessing you all. With love. Please pray for my family, my studies and those victims of the earthquake. I would like to ask you how you all are. Josue Reyes Since 2011 some of the sponsoring group have died and we are looking for a few more sponsors. The cost is £2 per month or £24 per year. If you would like to join the sponsoring group, please speak with me. Humphrey Clarke - 3 -
on a stride around some of the churches in Sutton. Over the course of two and a half hours and four miles they visited or passed fourteen places of worship (theirs turned out to be a multi faith stride) and raised over £100. Did you know that there are at least that many places of worship in Sutton? How many can you name? (Answers on Page 27). The weather forecast for Saturday 10th September was not ideal for "Riding and Striding" - dry to start with but with rain to follow. However that did not deter those who had planned to take part in the annual sponsored "Ride & Stride", cycling or walking between churches to raise money for their own church and the Surrey Churches' Preservation Trust. St Barnabas Church has become a "byword" amongst participants in recent years as a "good place to stop off for lunch" and over the course of the whole day 22 people stopped off to visit us. Many thanks must go to the volunteers who manned the urn and the refreshment shop. One group who dropped by, as they have done in previous years, was from All Saints' Church, Hackbridge. St Barnabas was the fourth church they visited. Two of those who were striding reported later on social media that they had covered 22,622 steps (10.6 miles) by the time that they reached their twelfth and final church, St Mary's, Beddington, finishing with sore feet and soggy bottoms. After that they still had to walk back to All Saints', Hackbridge. Meanwhile, our very own Eleanor Holley had set off with her grandmother, Iris Clifford, accompanied by Justine Middlemiss - 4 -
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PROM-TASTIC 2016 On 17th September, 24 young people came together – dressed in their best – for the Sutton Team Youth Group (STYG) Prom-tastic. Everyone looked absolutely amazing as they arrived at The Limes College so beautifully arranged and decorated by Nigel Bennett and Hannah Cann with balloons in the colours of purple and silver. The evening began with a welcome from John Mitchell. Waiters were on hand to offer a variety of mocktails (alcohol free cocktails) decorated with fruit and umbrellas. Cécile and I then took a photograph of each person either alone or with others and these were printed and framed for young people to take home at the end of the evening as a memento of the Prom. Chris and Keith Cann ensured that the mock-tails continued to flow as the young people and their guests were invited to sit at tables next to their name places. They were then given a fine dining experience from a specially created menu. A fantastic three course meal was served which was greatly enjoyed and appreciated starters of melon with Parma ham or stuffed mushroom, followed by a main course of chicken parcels with roast potatoes and seasonal vegetables or a vegetable curry and rice followed by desserts of meringue nest with fruit and cream or apple crumble with ice cream or custard. Not surprisingly there were a number of compliments for the chefs, Emma and Liz Cann. - 6 -
In an event packed evening the young people hardly had time to catch their breath as, after the meal, it was straight into a touch of ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ as Rosemary and Rory Walsh demonstrated some very elegant dance moves, and then went on to provide a masterclass in the waltz. Everyone joined in and it was really good fun to have a go.
The evening ended with a raffle, a chocolate fountain with strawberries or marshmallows dipped into velvety smooth dark or white chocolate and then balloon escapades. A wonderful evening was had by all! Thank you to all the young people for taking part and making the evening a success. Thank you too to you Nigel and The Limes College for providing the ideal venue for this event and to all the adults who put such a lot of work into organising, decorating, cooking, dancing and serving. Roll on the next Prom-tastic. Patricia Butler - 7 -
THE TASTES OF OUR LINKED DIOCESES The Mothers' Union morning meeting on Saturday 17th September was a taster of foods from our Southwark linked dioceses, all home made by three of the members. Those at the meeting were able to try Kenyan coconut milk made from a coconut representing Machakos; Zimbabwean cookies made from sweet potatoes, lemon, nutmeg and honey representing Harare; jellof rice, egusi soup (melon seed) and puff puff made by one of our Nigerian members representing Ogori-Magongo and Ekiti; (Helen is the diocesan correspondent for OgoriMagongo and both her parents were born in the area around our linked dioceses. She came to the meeting in Nigerian costume), chicken curry and dhal representing Phulbani in India and Sutton pie with apple, oats and marmalade representing Southwark. Before the food was tasted prayers were read from the Mothers' Union book, "Around the Word, Around the Table" followed by a different grace read by each member. Everyone really enjoyed trying all the different dishes and it caused plenty of Mothers' Union chat. It also reminded us that Mothers' Union is a worldwide organisation with four million members in 83 countries. During the meeting fresh produce from Janice Clarke's allotments was also sold and £53.80 was raised for the Mothers' Union Harvest Appeal. The meeting ended with Mothers' Union Mid Day prayers followed by the Grace. - 8 -
MY SPECIAL VISIT TO WINCHESTER CATHEDRAL Thursday 22nd September arrived for the main celebration of 140 years of Mothers' Union started by Mary Sumner in 1876. The ten of us travelling from Sutton arrived at Sutton Station just before 9.30am and travelled to Winchester Station where we were greeted by two members from Winchester Diocese. Everyone had to wait until two o'clock to be seated in allocated places in the Cathedral for the Celebration Service which began at half past two. The Lord-Lieutenant of Hampshire was in attendance representing The Queen who is Patron of Mothers' Union. The service began with a procession headed with Mothers' Union banners preceding the Winchester Diocesan President, the Canterbury Provincial President and the Worldwide President. Then came visiting clergy, the Diocesan and Area Bishops of Winchester Diocese, the Bishop of Reading, the Rt Revd Andrew Proud who is the Central Chaplain to Mothers' Union and, finally, the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Revd and Rt Hon Justin Welby. The service itself was fabulous with the Mary Sumner Choir from Zambia. The atmosphere was electric. Justin Welby preached the sermon and Neil Obbard gave a testimony on how Mothers' Union can make a difference; he was sent on a Mothers' Union "Away from it All" (AFIA) holiday which changed his life. Everyone received communion and I received the bread from Justine Welby - I achieved one of my goals. The service was SPECIAL. I am so glad I got a ticket. I am sure that I will remember it always. Shirley Tillman Life-giving God, on its 140th anniversary, we give you thanks for the Mothers’ Union, for its dedication and faithful witness to Jesus Christ across the world. We praise you for its compassion, care and acts of justice for families and communities. Bless all its members in your mission to the world. Strengthen hearts, hands and voices in the years to come as they continue to nurture, defend and deliver your children. Through their service bring great glory to Jesus and make known your kingdom. We ask this in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Amen. Justin Welby - 9 -
service. For three of the knitters it was their first try at knitting. It has a double use as it can be divided into two and used as blankets for any old people in church who might feel the cold during the winter.
HARVEST FESTIVAL Harvest Festival this year was held over the weekend of 24th/25th September, the Sunday following the Autumn Equinox and the Harvest Moon. On the previous Sunday, the Sunday Club members made a very good Harvest poster. On the Saturday afternoon the South Hall was prepared ready for the Harvest Supper in the evening. It was again a very enjoyable and memorable time. A nice meal had been prepared and cooked by several members of the
congregation. It began with jacket potatoes with fillings of chilli, baked beans and cheese plus a side salad followed by a selection of many desserts of which most people sampled more than one! On each table was a quiz prepared by Eleanor Holley which was fun. There was a raffle and also a beetle drive which, as last year, was won by Humphrey Clarke (the Beetle King?) The evening raised £180.00 for Church funds. Eleanor Holley and Lesley Caple and their two main assistants in the kitchen, Iris Clifford and Sally Bramdaw, were thanked by everyone for their very hard work. The Knitting Circle which is held on Open Saturdays had been busy knitting woollen squares which were then sewn together to create an altar frontal which was used at the Harvest Festival - 10 -
The church had been decorated for Harvest with special floral arrangements by Jennie Reed and balloons were floating in each of the side windows. Nigel Bennett conducted the Harvest Festival service attended by the uniform groups who paraded with their standards. There were 123 people present. Nigel's theme was "All Things Bright and Beautiful" and, as well as singing the traditional harvest hymn, "We Plough the Fields and Scatter" we also sang "All Things Bright and Beautiful" which was accompanied by visual scenes on a screen depicting the words as each verse was sung. This year harvest gifts brought to the service were given to Sutton Night Watch. There were 18 full carrier bags of provisions. Sutton Night Watch runs a "soup kitchen" for the homeless in Sutton on Monday, Wednesday and Friday evenings between 8.00 and 10.00pm near the car park at Sutton Station. They give out hot drinks, blankets and food and also put people in touch with drug workers and those that can provide them with accommodation. Andy from Sutton Night Watch said "A great big thank you to Saint Barnabas Church for the huge food donation we received today; from the bottom of my heart a huge thank you. This will help with the work we are doing." The photos shows the minion he made which stands outside his front door. It guided us to the right house to deliver the donations. - 11 -
OUR MACMILLAN COFFEE DAY With having a few members of the congregation knowing family or friends who have experienced the work of Macmillan, we were inspired when they started advertising their 'World's Biggest Coffee Morning'. We made the decision to take part and realised that the day after, 1st October, was an Open Saturday. We thought it would give people a chance to join in if they couldn't attend one on the Friday. Lesley Caple, Louise Phelan and I, with the help of others, organised the event. Louise was keen to put a lot of effort into this event as it is very close to her heart. A number of her family members have received support from Macmillan and her cousin is currently receiving care from them. They are not only supporting her cousin, they are also supporting other members of the family who are supporting Louise's cousin.
We were very hopeful on Saturday morning, while finalising setting up, that lots of people would turn up. We were overjoyed with the turn out of over Louise, Eleanor & Lesley 100 people. Lots of cake, coffee, sandwiches and snacks were enjoyed by all who turned up to support the event. Lots of people won exciting raffle prizes and competition winners were announced.
Lesley, Louise and I were able to go out into the community and receive support from local businesses. They were:• • • • • • • •
Tesco Express Hair on Broadway SJC Motors Secret Retreat Paul Barbers Star of India Print Station Small Boxes Ltd
We were very grateful as many people agreed to "Bake it or Fake it", donated raffle prizes and donated their time to help. We spent Friday evening and Saturday morning setting up and personalised leaflets were delivered by members of the congregation. We also advertised on social media, in local shops, down St Barnabas Road and in & outside church. It was important to us to bring the community together whether involved in church or not. - 12 -
During the day a prayer session for wholeness and healing took place in the chapel which gave some people comfort. There was much cheering when we announced our grand total raised was £558.80. It was a wonderful community event in our beautiful church and we are looking forward to doing it all again next year. Eleanor Holley - 13 -
son, Harry's penguin collection including the first one he had been given. Rosemary Walsh also collects penguins and brought in one that had been especially commissioned by the Royal Geographical Society for the commemoration of the Shackleton expedition. Both Harry and Rosemary have stroked real penguins. Louise herself collects pressed coins of places she visits.
ARE YOU A COLLECTOR? At the Mothers' Union meeting on Tuesday 11th October the subject was "Collecting" and members and others were invited to bring along a sample of their collections. This idea had been an inspiration of Janice Clarke who, whilst clearing out her mother's house when she had to move into an old people's home, had to sort through 56 years of personal belongings. Amongst the items she came across was a collection of first shoes including a pair of very narrow shoes belonging to Janice's grandmother who was born in 1890; compared with today's baby shoes they were more like ballet shores. There was also her father's collection of pressed wild flowers. She brought both along to the meeting to show everyone. Everyone then showed their collections apart from Carol Davison and Betty Walton who were dedicated non collectors! We saw some of Cathy Brown's teddy bears and part of Peter Brown's football book and DVD collection. Peter is exceedingly knowledgeable on all matters football; he even had a book listing every player in the main leagues since before the turn of the 20th century! Next Sheila Collis showed us part of her thimble collection which had been inspired by her being given both her grandmothers' thimbles when she was young. Pearl Essex showed her late husband's cigarette card collection which included cards showing the main occupations/exports of various countries and continents at the time they were printed. There were also some very spectacular pictures of birds. Phyllis Sanders showed us some of her collection of bone china jugs. Sally Bramdaw collects warthogs. She bought her first one from a boy carving them in South Africa when she and Sheil were visiting his relations. She has since bought some more indoor ones but also has some larger ones in her garden. Carole King and Pam Smith both collect stamps. Whilst Pam collects first day covers, Carole collect stamps and draws and colours in maps to mark the countries where she has stamps. Humphrey Clarke brought along a collection of homemade cards that Elizabeth and Rosemary had done for him. Aileen Harvie collected spoons of places she had visited. Louise Phelan showed us some of her - 14 -
John Child brought a sample of his 1,000 strong classical music recordings on CD, tape and vinyl records. He would be able to help out BBC Radio 3 or Classic FM if either of them had problems with their collections! Beryl Thirtle brought some of her collection of beautiful Christmas tree decorations which she hangs on her tree each year and Janice showed some of her ornament collection. Lastly Rory Walsh showed just a sample of his 8,000 strong Matchbox car and vehicle collection many of which had been played with when he was a child. Although some looked the same they all had subtle differences. Joshua, Louise's nephew, enjoyed playing with them! Although there is a school of thought that collecting is just hoarding, it was agreed that, as long as it does not become obsessive, totally cluttering up a house or on which too much money is spent to the detriment of the individual's family, collecting is an interesting hobby which also can be a reminder of happy times when items were obtained, reminders of places visited and an aid to memory as well as being educational. It gives ideas for presents and is a worthwhile hobby. Everyone at the meeting enjoyed showing and looking at each other's collections and all felt they now knew and understood each other a little better. - 15 -
ALL SAINTS' DAY 2016 All Saints' Day this year was celebrated on Sunday 30th October and Jeff Richards did a special service telling about the lives of some of the saints with members of the congregation dressing up as the saints in question. Barry told us about John Newton who was a captain of a slave ship before repenting and becoming an Anglican priest. He was an ardent supporter of the abolitionism of slavery which was abolished in the UK in 1807, the year he died. He wrote several hymns, among them "Amazing Grace" and "Glorious Things of Thee are Spoken". James was Alban, a Roman soldier who gave shelter to a Christian priest fleeing from persecution. To avoid the priest being captured, he dressed up as him. Despite being tortured he refused to renounce his faith and was beheaded. He was the first British martyr. David depicted Salvador Lara Puente who refused to disclose the hiding place of a priest during a civil war in 1920 when the government was persecuting the Church. He was shot. Dorothy represented Margaret, Queen of Scotland who married King Malcolm III of Scotland in 1069. She reorganised the church in Scotland and founded many monasteries, churches and pilgrim hostels. Gloria was Kateri Tekakwitha, Lily of the Mohawks who became a Christian aged 19 against the wishes of her tribe. She suffered from smallpox as a young child. She took a vow not to marry, dying at the age of 24 when all her smallpox scars vanished. She had prayed that her people would come to love Jesus as much as she did. - 16 -
Graham gave an account in an Italian accent of the life of St Francis of Assisi. Francis' life was changed when he fought in a war against Perugia but his capture and imprisonment changed him and afterwards he took to caring for disused churches and for the poor, particularly those suffering from leprosy. Whilst praying one day he was told by God "to repair His church which was falling down". Others joined him and he prepared a simple, gospel-based rule for them all to live by. He instigated the Christmas Nativity scene. Humphrey was Charles I, King of England who was beheaded for refusing to abandon episcopacy (the government of a church by bishops) which would have taken the Church of England away from being part of "the one Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church". Although some may see him as a victim of own pride, his name was added to the Calendar of Saints at the revision of The Prayer Book for his sacrifice. His reign saw the beginning of a revival of religious life in the Church of England. Phyllis was Elizabeth Fry, wife of a Quaker minister who devoted much of her time to the welfare of female prisoners. She also helped in the formation of a night shelter for the homeless in London. Jeff said that these people represent the Church Triumphant, the congregation of the faithful that stands victorious in heaven, while we are still running the race and fighting the good fight here in our very ordinary lives in Sutton. We are the Church Militant, still facing our everyday struggles. And just as it is easier to run a race or play a football match with a crowd cheering us on, so we are surrounded by a vast heavenly crowd of witnesses pouring out their love for us. How can we fail to witness for Jesus? How can we fail to live lives full of grace, peace and love when we have within us God’s Spirit himself and we live and move in the communion of saints? - 17 -
ALL SOULS’ - SERVICE OF REMEMBERING This year’s service was held at 6.30pm on Sunday 30th October rather than in the afternoon and, again, was hosted by St Nicholas. For me, it provided a space for thanksgiving and remembrance: an opportunity to remember those who have passed into God’s presence. For some there, this was a recent bereavement; for others, like myself, it was a time to reflect on loved ones missed for many a year. As always, there was the opportunity to light a candle and, this year, names were read out by the representative church’s ministers. As usual, I lit two candles: one for my father and one for my friend who died from leukaemia as a young man. I find this service very moving – and very helpful. In all the busy-ness of life, it gives me permission to say that I miss them still and to find comfort from others in a similar situation. I would encourage you to put it Nigel Bennett in your diary for next year.
ST BARNABAS' SACRISTANS Following Victor Blackwell's recent illness, both he and Valerie have decided that the time has arrived for them to finally step down as Sacristans at St Barnabas after very many years of loyal service. Valerie always ensured that there was clean altar linen available whilst Victor was responsible for ensuring that all the silver was regularly cleaned, stocks of communion wafers and wine were replenished as required and candles replaced as needed. Victor regularly saw that no candle wax was ever wasted by ensuring that they all burned down as evenly as possible. Together they also ensured that the correct altar frontals were in place each Sunday. (See Page 29). They will be greatly missed and we owe them both a huge debt for their dedication over the years. - 18 -
FISH AND CHIP BABY JUMPERS AND HATS Members of St Barnabas Knitting Circle along with knitters from Christ Church and St Nicholas busied themselves during the Autumn knitting jumpers and hats for the Fish and Chip Babies in Zimbabwe. These are really poor babies, many of whom are born with AIDS and that is about all these little souls come into this world with. They are so poor that they are sent home wrapped in newspaper which is why the jumpers and hats are called fish and chips. The jumpers themselves were very easy to knit and were knitted in one complete piece. They are very important because, in Africa, the nights are cold and these babies have no clothes. The only stipulation was that they were knitted in bright dark colours rather than the pastel shades we may use for babies here because these little garments may never be washed through lack of water. Fortunately, bright stripes look good and use only small bits of wool. Maureen Elsey from St Nicholas masterminded the project. A total of 134 jumpers were knitted and sent off to Zimbabwe. The St Barnabas Knitting Circle meets in St Barnabas Church on Open Saturdays (every 1st & 3rd Saturdays) between 1.30pm and 2.30pm when you can learn to knit and follow patterns.
OPEN SATURDAY ON 5TH NOVEMBER On 5th November during Open Saturday, hot dogs were served and children did firework crafts to celebrate Bonfire Night. - 19 -
SUPPER TALK AT CHRIST CHURCH
A COURSE IN THE HOLY LAND
A talk was given at Christ Church on Friday 14th October by Nigel Bennett about his work with students at Limes College which is designed to help students with behavioural and mental health problems. It also provides education suited to their needs. The talk was very well presented and everyone enjoyed an interesting and informative talk. The talk was preceded by a delicious meal provided and prepared by members of the Christ Church catering team. A big thank you goes to Christ Church for their hospitality and the hard work they put into making the evening so enjoyable. Cathy Brown
ST NICHOLAS SUPPER TALK - PEWTER DOWN THE AGES Once again, another enjoyable evening with friends from across the team on Friday 11th November. As it was Armistice Day the meal was a variation of what would have been served during the war years, with a few additions, beef stew with mashed potato, followed by fresh cream sponge, coffee/tea and mints. This was the last supper talk of 2016; a new programme of Supper Talks is being prepared for 2017. Roger Barnes presented a Talk on Pewter and its uses through the ages. He has been a collector for many years. He told us that pewter is an attractive metal which has been used for the production of household and other items in Britain since Roman times. It is an alloy consisting mostly of tin which has been mixed with small amounts of other metals such as copper, lead or antimony to harden it to make it more Dorothy Hannam durable. There were many items to see and touch. - 20 -
At the beginning of November, the Revd Justine Middlemiss attended an ‘Introduction to the Bible Lands’ course in Jerusalem with other clergy from Southwark Diocese and its linked dioceses in Zimbabwe. Based at St George’s College in the centre of Jerusalem, the course's aims were to integrate the reading of the biblical texts with the dynamics of the land; to visit key biblical sites from both the Old and the New Testament; to explore the roots of the Christian and Jewish faith traditions in the Holy Land; to engage with the ‘living stones’ of the local Christian community and to explore solidarity with both the Palestinian and Jewish communities. So, as well as studying and worshiping together, visits were made to the important pilgrimage sites. Here are pictures of a few of the sites seen and places visited. Under the Convent of the Sisters of Nazareth: a first century house carved into a cave - these were the standard houses in Nazareth at the time of Jesus and a first century tomb with an area to prepare the body for burial and a stone to roll in front of the entrance. In this case, the stone was about thigh height - even on Justine! On the banks of the River Jordan where Jesus was baptised >> Justine << Joining a candlelight procession at the Basilica of the Annunciation in Nazareth. The 'flying saucer' church over St Peter’s mother-in-law's house at Capernaum. In the foreground there are some of the little excavated houses >> - 21 -
REMEMBRANCE SUNDAY On 13th November, Remembrance Sunday, the church was full of scouts, cubs, beavers, brownies and guides plus people from the parish. The centre pews all had a little wooden cross with a poppy for remembrance. The service was conducted by Jeff Richards who was wearing his scout toggle. The beavers were wearing hand made poppies which they had made during one of their meetings. Jeff's address was mainly directed to the members of the uniform groups. He explained that during the First World War, two million British and Empire citizens gave up their lives doing their duty and fighting for their country. But it was not just soldiers but others at the front line too including Edith Louisa Cavell, a British nurse, who saved the lives of soldiers from both sides without discrimination and helped some 200 Allied soldiers escape from German-occupied Belgium for which she was shot by a German firing squad. Jeff pointed out that 2016 was the 100th anniversary of the Battle of the Somme which lasted for 4½ months and in which over one million Allied volunteer soldiers lost their lives. He mentioned Bernard Tate who had been a local scout patrol leader who was killed in that battle. His name is included in the list of those from our parish which is in the Memorial Chapel. The Two Minutes' Silence began with a blast on a Scout Officer's Whistle, the Exhortation was read and wreaths were laid. After the formal part of the service 77 shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child were brought up to be passed on to the Samaritan's Purse charity. - 22 -
In the evening there was a performance of "The Armed Man: A Mass for Peace" by Karl Jenkins which was written in 2000. It was commissioned by the Royal Armouries to reflect the passing of a century of war. The performance was accompanied by organ, trumpet, cello and drum and sung by the Trinity Festival Choir which included some very familiar faces, Cathy Brown, Humphrey Clarke, Maria Gliddon, Dorothy Hannam, Glynis Osborne and Helen and Sally Reed. The oratorio included three readings and it finished with the Collect for Peace. It was a very moving performance. However, it was tinged with sadness as the 21st century has not started in peace but has been a time of conflict. The words for the last movement ..... Ring out the thousand wars of old. Ring in the thousand years of peace. ..... sadly have not been fulfilled.
A PRAYER FOR ADVENT Loving Messiah, help us during this Advent time to reflect on our faith, to take stock of our lives and our faith journey thus far. Help us to seek you afresh and wonder anew at the miracle of the Nativity. Lord, we repent of all that is painful, regrettable and sinful in our lives. Please lead us forward in preparing for your coming. We praise you that the light of Christ has come into the world. Lord, as we prepare for the Christmas festivities with all its hustle and bustle, things to do and things to buy, help us not to forget to prepare our hearts for your coming amongst us. Christ, be our light! Longing for light we wait in darkness, longing for truth, we turn to you. Make us your own, your holy people, light for the world to see. Amen - 23 -
PERSECUTED CHRISTIANS If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honoured, every part rejoices with it. 1 Corinthians 12 v 26 Whilst I was in a church in Balham Hill recently I saw a display about persecuted Christians. The Open Doors' World Watch List highlights the 50 countries where it is most difficult to live as a Christian. These are the places where followers of Christ must keep their beliefs hidden and where living the gospel means facing beatings, imprisonment, discrimination and abuse situations totally removed from those which we experience which at worst are sometimes just indifference or mockery. The persecution of Christians is increasing. Open Doors' 2016 List shows that religious extremism – Islamic, Hindu and Buddhist – is the greatest source of persecution of Christians. However, North Korea is still Number 1 on the list being the most difficult place in the world to be a Christian. There it is because of the dictatorial paranoia of a Communist dictatorship where the main religion is atheism and traditional beliefs. Christians there face arrest, torture, imprisonment and death for daring to believe there is a higher authority than the nation's leader, Kim Jong-un. Many follow Jesus in secret; parents often don't even tell their children about their faith for fear they will be revealed. Thousands of other Christians are trapped in horrific labour camps and isolated closed villages. But despite the risks, North Koreans are still choosing to follow Christ and out of a population of 25.3 million people, there are 300,000 Christians (1 in every 85 of the population). As well as in the Middle East, Islamic extremism has a second and powerfully destructive hub in sub-Saharan Africa. Islamic State (IS) violence is radicalising Muslims and therefore increasing pressure on Christians in many countries. IS is still a major source of persecution; but increasingly extremism is a cross-border phenomenon. Conflict and failed nation states result in increased levels of persecution. Never before have so many Christians been on the move. According to the UN, a record sixty million people have been - 24 -
displaced. A great number of these are Christians, especially in places like Syria, Iraq and Nigeria, where anti-Christian violence has driven hundreds of thousands of Christians from their homes. Gender violence is a weapon of persecution: women and girls are on the frontline. Open Doors records show that, worldwide, there were well over 7,000 Christians killed for faith-related reasons last year but that figure excludes North Korea, Syria and Iraq, where accurate records do not exist. Around 2,400 churches were attacked or damaged, which is over double the number for the previous year. In six countries the level of persecution increased seriously - Eritrea, Pakistan, Tajikistan, Afghanistan, Azerbaijan and Kuwait and in nine countries it increased significantly - India, Ethiopia, UAE, Bangladesh, Bahrain, Yemen, Kenya, Indonesia and Niger. Christians living in these countries need the support of their family, the body of Christ, to help them stand firm in their faith. Open Doors supports persecuted Christians with Bibles, Christian materials, training, livelihood skills, advocacy and in a whole host of other ways so that they know they are not forgotten and can stand strong to serve their communities. Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury has said "1 am grateful to Open Doors who for over half a century have been doing this of kind of work and have had a great influence in my own life since the eighties. I know this organisation has the upmost integrity and they do their research very carefully and well." For the full list and more information visit www.opendoorsuk.org/persecution. Humphrey Clarke O Lord God, your Son Jesus Christ suffered and died for us. In his resurrection he restores life and peace in all creation. Comfort, we pray, all victims of intolerance and those oppressed by their fellow humans. Remember in your kingdom those who have died. Lead the oppressors towards compassion and give hope to the suffering. Through the same Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. - 25 -
HOPE FOR THE DONKEYS OF BETHLEHEM
Congratulations to Hannah and Thomas Evans on the birth of their new baby, Joshua Louis on 18th July. But sadly, the poor little chap has had kidney and bowel problems and has been in both St George's and Great Ormond Street Hospitals for quite of lot of time since his birth. Please pray for Joshua and his Mum and Dad as well as his brother and sister, Harry and Darcey who are having to be extra good at this difficult time.
The Donkey Sanctuary is a British charity devoted to the welfare of donkeys which is supported by many people in this country and runs a centre based in Sidmouth in Devon. It also has donkey assisted therapy centres in Birmingham, Leeds, Manchester and Belfast. Each of the centres offers donkey assisted therapy to hundreds of local school children with additional needs as well as providing outreach services in their communities.
Congratulations to both John Child who celebrated his 85th birthday on Sunday 16th October and Victor Blackwell who celebrated his 75th birthday on Thursday 10th November.
There are 50 million donkeys and mules in the world and the charity is now funding a new donkey welfare project through the Palestine Wildlife Society to directly help donkeys working in ten villages on the eastern slopes of Bethlehem. Concerned by the poor welfare conditions of the donkeys, such as the lack of access to adequate food, rest and veterinary care, the Society asked if The Donkey Sanctuary could help provide better care for the donkeys and conduct education sessions for the owners.
Victor Blackwell writes:- Many thanks to all my friends who prayed for me and sent cards and messages; also thanks for the many phone calls I received. I am on the mend now and feeling a lot better and hope to see you all at St Barnabas in the coming weeks.
In the last few months staff from The Donkey Sanctuary have been visiting the villages to introduce themselves and start treating donkeys in poor condition. They have also identified key people to train and are working with owners and their families to raise awareness of the donkeys’ needs.
Congratulations to Betty Walton on the birth of her first great grandchild, Evelyn Rose, born on Sunday 6th November, weighing 7lbs 3ozs. The Reverend Jane Cresswell, our former Curate, currently Priest in Charge of St Paul's, Nork has been appointed Vicar of Taplow and Dropmore in the Diocese of Oxford and will be taking up her appointment in the New Year.
ANSWERS TO PLACES OF WORSHIP QUIZ ON PAGE 5 1st row:-
All in St Barnabas Road:- St Barnabas Church; Spiritualist Church; Our Lady of the Rosary RC Church.
Presbyterian Church of Wales (Lind Road); Sutton Muslim Centre (Carshalton Road); Trinity URC/Methodist Church.
Sutton Baptist Church; St Nicholas Church; Sutton Salvation Army Church (Benhill Avenue); Korean Roman Catholic Church (Benhill Wood Road).
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LETTER TO THE EDITOR After reading about Sandra Lloyd's talk at Nonsuch Palace (Autumn 2016 Magazine, Page 23) it brought to my mind that, during the Second World War, Nonsuch Park was covered with trenches and my brothers and I used to play jumping in and out of them. Unfortunately, during one of these escapades, I Aileen Harvie managed to break my arm! - 26 -
ST BARNABAS 'DO IT YOURSELF' CHRISTINGLE SERVICE
Did you know:• At least one in three women globally will experience some form of gender-based violence at some point in their lifetime. • More than 700m women alive today were married as children. • In 2012, 1 in 2 woman murdered was killed by a partner, former partner, or family member whereas only one in 20 men was killed by a partner, former partner, or family member in that same year. • 4½ million people worldwide are victims of forced sexual exploitation; 98% of these are women. • 133 million women and girls alive today are survivors of female genital mutilation (FGM). • Globally, women between the ages of 15 and 44 are more likely to be maimed or die as a result of male violence than through cancer, malaria, traffic accidents or war combined. • In England and Wales seven women a month are killed by a current or former partner. • 60 million girls are sexually assaulted at or on their way to school. The United Nations' Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, has said, "There is one universal truth, applicable to all countries, cultures and communities: violence against women is never acceptable, never excusable, never tolerable." We know that we can stay silent no longer about genderbased violence, and while there is breath in our lungs we must speak out! To mark the start of this year's 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence on FRIDAY 25TH NOVEMBER, there will be a Short Vigil Service in St Barnabas Church at 12 NOON. Also, at 12 Noon that day Mothers' Union will be marching to 10, Downing Street to present its petition which members all signed in July calling on the UK Government to end the requirement for survivors of Domestic Abuse to have to pay for child maintenance services. - 28 -
On Sunday, 4th December, at 10.30am at St Barnabas there will be a CHRISTINGLE SERVICE where everyone is invited to make their own Christingle. Please bring an orange with you to so you can make one and take it home afterwards. All other materials (including sweets!) will be supplied. The collection taken during the service will be given to The Children’s Society which helps vulnerable children across the country.
A CHRISTMAS CELEBRATION Mothers' Union will be holding their annual Christmas Celebration on Tuesday 13th December at 2.00pm in St Barnabas Church Halls. It will be open to everyone. The afternoon will begin with carols and readings followed by Christmas refreshments. Mums with school children are invited to join us on their way home from school for Christmas refreshments and games. Do please come along. Janice Clarke
CALENDAR OF LITURGICAL COLOURS The colours of the altar frontals are changed throrughout the year according to the "Calendar of Liturgical Colours" which is included in the "Rules to Order the Christian Year" in the Anglican "Common Worship" book. Broadly speaking, the colours for each season are:Advent Purple Christmas Lent Purple Easter Pentecost Red Trinity Special Sundays (e.g. Saints' Days) - 29 -
White White Green Red
CRISIS AT CHRISTMAS
TWO SPECIAL CAROL SERVICES
Homelessness at Christmas can be the hardest time of all. Cold, hungry, alone and in danger, there’s often nothing to enjoy, noone to be with and little hope of anything better. Where Christmas should be, there’s just an empty space. Since 1971 the charity, Crisis has welcomed homeless people in at this toughest of times with the offer of a good meal and good company. And since then it has seen how a little comfort and support, given at the right time, can trigger real, lasting change. Just £22.32 can help fill that space at the table for someone. But Crisis at Christmas is more than just a hot dinner. It also provides a health check, free clothes, a haircut, housing and job advice, plus access to year-round services at Crisis giving someone a chance to leave homelessness behind for good. Crisis at Christmas is the Charity of the Month this December and the box will be on the sidesmen's table at the back of the Church as usual. However, there will only be services on three Sundays in December this year (the fourth Sunday is Christmas Day when the 10.30am service will be at Christ Church) so don't delay making your donation to help secure a reservation for a homeless person at the dinner table this Christmas.
WHEN THE WORK OF CHRISTMAS BEGINS When the song of the angels is stilled, when the star in the sky is gone, when the Kings and Princes are home, when the shepherds are back with the flocks, then the work of Christmas begins: to find the lost, to heal those broken in spirit, to feed the hungry, to release the oppressed, to rebuild the nations, to bring peace among all peoples, to make a little music with the heart and to radiate the Light of Christ, every day, in every way, in all that we do and in all that we say.
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Dr Howard Thurman
This December we will be holding two special carol services. The first is a Dementia Friendly Service which we are holding on Wednesday 14th December at 2.00pm in St Nicholas Church. Many of our Christmas services are loud, full of lights and movement. For those suffering from dementia this can be unsettling, confusing and distressing. This can mean that those who would like to celebrate Christmas are shut out from the church’s worship at this most special time of the year. A dementia friendly service is one that is calmer and quieter; it uses words that may be more familiar from the congregation’s past – for example using prayers and readings in traditional ‘thee’ and ‘thou’ language. It contains very familiar music – often songs and music are some of the things that our minds hold on to the longest. The service will last for about 30 minutes and will be followed by refreshments. If you know anyone who might like to come, then do pass on a very warm invitation. The second service is on Sunday 18th December at 4.00pm, also in St Nicholas Church. This is what is called a ‘Blue Christmas' Service – blue in the sense of sadness. Often we think that Christmas is a time when we SHOULD be happy and full of joy. Yet it is often a time that people find difficult. It is a time that can bring back memories, sometimes happy, sometimes sad, that can be difficult to deal with. We remember family members who are no longer with us; the ghost of Christmas past can raise a difficult head. We know that around the Christmas season the suicide rate spikes for a variety of reasons. Blue Christmas services recognise this. They are an opportunity to recognise the truth of Jesus’ birth; to celebrate God’s coming amongst us but they allow us to feel sad and blue as we do – not forcing us into putting on a mask of joy that we’re not feeling. We hope that these two services will be helpful for the wider community of Sutton. If you would like further details, please get in touch with either Cécile or me. The Revd Justine Middlemiss - 31 -
SATURDAY 17th DECEMBER During Open Saturday on 17th December, we will be having a visited by police officers from Sutton Safer Neighbourhood Team. They will be joining us for coffee between 12.30 and 2.00pm to chat to us and members of the public who have any concerns about crime in the neighbourhood or who would like to receive crime advice so please come along if you can. During October and November there have been more Sutton residents targeted by the 'bank courier' scam. This is when very clever, often well-spoken criminals telephone a resident to tell them there is a problem with their bank account or bank card. They pretend to be from your bank and ask you to confirm to them your personal details and PIN number. They pretend this is so they can verify who you are. BEWARE, your bank will NEVER ask you to reveal your PIN over the phone nor will they EVER send a courier to pick up your bank card, which is what these thieves do so they can use the card with the information you just gave them to withdraw YOUR cash. So many people have been tricked out of thousands of pounds by these criminals. The criminals cleverly tell you to hang up and dial the number on your bank card so YOU THINK you are talking to your bank BUT, because they made the call, they can keep your line open for up to 5 minutes after you have hung up. If you do dial your bank straightaway for confirmation, it will be another thief who pretends to answer from the bank! If a caller asks for your PIN or bank card, HANG UP, and use a different line to report this to the police on 101, OR wait at least 5 minutes for your line to clear automatically. But Call 999 if you realise you have agreed for a courier to collect your bank card. Leaflets about this type of scam and other leaflets about how you can help protect yourself against other types of crime are available now at the back of the church. Lesley Caple - 32 -
ANOTHER EXCITING CHILDREN’S CHRISTMAS EVE SERVICE The 5 o’clock Children’s Christmas Eve Nativity Service will once again this year include some ‘Wriggly Nativity’ songs as a part of the service. St Barnabas ‘Wriggly Nativity’ tells the Christmas Story. Everything is easy to learn and the narration between the songs is brief. Children, or even adults, who would like to take part in the 'Wriggly Nativity ' part of the service should come along to the church at 3.00pm on Christmas Eve and join in. They can wear their own Nativity costume (e.g. angel or shepherd) or can be dressed in a St Barnabas' one. So, if you have children or children staying with you at Christmas, why not bring them along at 3.00pm to join in with a rehearsal, or just before 5.00pm for the actual service. Everyone else, please come along at 5.00pm to enjoy a lovely Christmassy service. Please speak to Eleanor Holley (telephone: 07793 988396) if you are interested or would like to know more.
NOTICES Christmas Cards - Boxes for Christmas cards to be exchanged between members of the congregation will be in Church from Sunday 4th December. Please check the boxes each week. Do not leave cards for people unless you are reasonably certain that they will be coming to Church over the Christmas period. Presents for Children of Prisoners for Christmas - High Down and Downview Prisons have again requested donations of new toys for children of prisoners for Christmas. Could Janice Clarke be given any presents (please do not wrap them in Christmas paper) by no later than Sunday 18th December as Father Christmas and his elves need time to sort and wrap them before Christmas Eve. - 33 -
MOTHERS' UNION 2017 PROGRAMME The full St Barnabas Mother's Union programme for 2017 is as follows. Everyone is welcome, whether a member or not. Tuesday meetings are held in the Church Halls; Saturday morning meetings are held in the Church. Date Tues 13th December 2016
Subject Christmas Celebration (see Page 29x)
Tues 10th January (2.00pm) Our Grandparents & Being a Grandparent Tues 14th February (2.00pm) Valentine's Day Special Tues 14th March (2.00pm)
A Lent Reflection (The Revd J Middlemiss)
Sat 25th March (11.00am)
Lady Day Service (Venue to be confirmed)
Sun 26th March (10.30am)
New Member Enrolments in Mothering Sunday Service followed by Branch AGM Bring & Buy & Coffee Morning at 31, Browning Avenue, Sutton
Thurs 6th April (10.00 am – 12 Noon) Sat 6th May (11.30am)
Diocesan Festival Eucharist Service at Southwark Cathedral
Sat 20th May (10,30am)
'L'Arche Community' (The Revd C. Schnyder)
Sat 17th June (10.00am)
Celebrating with Cathy & Peter Brown their Silver Wedding Anniversary with reaffirmation of vows and celebratory refreshments
Sat 15th July (time tba)
Summer Outing to Wimbledon Windmill
Wave of Prayer
Fri 29th - Sat 30th Sept
Mothers' Union General Meeting in Edinburgh
Tues 10th Oct (2.00pm)
Singing our Favourite Hymns with Christine Bond
Tues 12th Dec (2.00pm)
'Faith in Action' Christmas Celebration
NEW YEAR'S DAY - SUNDAY JANUARY 1ST 2017 On New Year's Day, Sunday 1st January, instead of the normal 10.30am service at St Barnabas, there will be a joint St Barnabas/ Christ Church service at Christ Church at 10.30am. After the service there will be a lunch served in Christ Church Hall to which everyone is invited. Although there will be no charge, there will be an opportunity to make a donation towards the cost of the food. For catering purposes, please advise Nigel Bennett on Sunday 27th November or Jean Carver on Sunday 18th December at the Team Carol Service if you would like to go to the lunch.
On the 4th Wednesday of every month (except December) from 11.45 am to 12.15pm Mothers' Union Mid Day Prayers are held in Harvard Chapel in Southwark Cathedral to which everyone is invited.
Afterwards there will be an afternoon of quizzes and games or an optional walk in Nonsuch Park
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SERVICES & EVENTS for ADVENT & CHRISTMAS TH
SUN 27 NOV 10.30am WED 30TH NOV 8.00pm TH SUN 4 DEC 10.30am TH WED 7 DEC 8.00pm TH SUN 11 DEC 6.30pm TH TUE 13 DEC 2.00pm
ADVENT SUNDAY TEAM SERVICE St Barnabas Church ADVENT MEDITATION Christ Church CHRISTINGLE SERVICE (Please bring an orange) St Barnabas Church (See Page 29) ADVENT MEDITATION Christ Church CAROLLING in St Barnabas Church An informal Carol Service (including Handbells) MOTHERS' UNION CHRISTMAS CELEBRATION St Barnabas Church Halls (See Page 29)
WED 14TH DEC 2.00pm TH WED 14 DEC 8.00pm TH SUN 18 DEC 4.00pm
DEMENTIA FRIENDLY CAROL SERVICE St Nicholas Church (See Page 31) ADVENT MEDITATION Christ Church BLUE CHRISTMAS SERVICE St Nicholas Church (See Page 31 and the inside back cover) TEAM CAROL SERVICE in Christ Church Carols, candles and handbells ADVENT MEDITATION Christ Church CHILDREN’S NATIVITY SERVICE St Barnabas Church A ‘Wriggly Nativity’ service for all ages, with children helping tell the familiar Christmas story in action and song CHRISTMAS MIDNIGHT COMMUNION St Barnabas Church CHRISTMAS CELEBRATION Christ Church Carols and Communion for all the family
SUN 18TH DEC 6.30pm WED 21ST DEC 8.00pm SAT 24TH DEC 5.00pm
SAT 24 DEC 11.30pm TH SUN 25 DEC 10.30am
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